The Hole Truth (2015)

Hole-punch waste from evidence binder at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, canvas, plywood, brass eyelets, masonry nails, additional mixed media.

Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 cm

Series of 12 unique works. 

At the center of each of the twelve A4 office paper-sized works in The Hole Truth series lies a single piece of circular paper hole-punch waste generated by the hole-punching function of printers at the ICTY used to create ring binders of evidence presented at trial. Each work therefore corresponds with a specific piece of paper in an evidence or document binder at the Tribunal.

Each work includes heavy canvas placed under tension in a way that may suggest the locations where physical evidence uncovered at investigation sites was transformed into documentary evidence in reports. Some of the first excavations of mass graves in Bosnia & Herzegovina took place under circus tents, which were the only means available at the time to shield the sites from bad weather. The placement of raised areas under the canvas and the paper circle correspond to incident locations or mass grave sites as indicated on maps used at the ICTY.

The titles of the twelve works in this series come from the text (or images or missing information) that was found on the individual pieces of hole-punch waste:

  • The End
  • Next Time
  • Wild Metal
  • Code Map
  • Fix Facts
  • Stop
  • Vague Day
  • Empty Mark
  • The Void
  • Uncharted Territory
  • White Noise
  • Dead Radio